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the correct answer to our "gps challenge" question is "b." brazil is said to have more than 125 million catholics. that's more catholics than any other nation. the highest percentas of catholics can be found unsurprisingly at the vatican. 99%. the state with the second highest percentage of catholics, 98% is 7,700 miles away from st. peter's. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. part of my program this week. i will see you next week. despite a recession in europe, major mergers in the -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricka whitfield. thanks for joining us and spending part of your afternoon here. these are the top stories that we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." at this hour thousands of people marching in washington. they want more action on climate
change. among the demands, they're looking for president obama to kill the keystone xl pipeline. we've got a reporter right in the thick of it and we'll take you there, just moments away. massachusetts is covered with a thick blanket of snow again, just a week after a monster blizzard slammed into it. boston is the hardest hit with strong winds and blowing snow, making it very difficult to see. as you can see that driver there. in detroit a snowstorm resulted in a massive pile-up on the highway, southbound 175, i-75 was shut down for hours after about 20 to 30 cars spun out of control, drivers said it was simply impossible to see in a snowstorm. >> it was just like somebody suddenly threw a white sheet across the -- >> we could see nothing ahead of us. >> -- the wind shield. you could hear cars one after another banging. >> the winter storm warning for massachusetts ends a couple of hours from now just about 5:00.
over in illinois the family of jesse jackson jr. are struggling to cope with allegations the former congressman misused campaign funds for personal expenses. they're also standing by his side while he faces federal charges while struggling with his health. >> still under a strict regiment with the doctors and he's had to deal with the compounding issues of his health as well as legal issues and so he's going to work through both simultaneously, so we ask that you continue to be mindful that he's not able to speak for himself. >> jesse jackson jr. stepped down as a congressman to deal with his health problems, his mental health problems. if he's convicted he could get up to five years in prison. the white house is drafting a plan to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. according to "usa today" the plan would allow immigrants to become permanent residents in just eight years after they pass background check and pay their
fees. until then, they would carry a visa with their new status as lawful prospective immigrants. the white house says it's vital to have a way for americans estimated at 11 million of them undocumented immigrants to become citizens. republicans led by senator marco rubio call the supported version of the president's plan "dead on arrival" in congress. rubio supports the bipartisan gang of eight plan released last month t also offers a pathway to citizenship along with more money for border security. republicans say the white house plan doesn't do enough to secure america's borders, even though it would increase funds for the border patrol. and like many sports fans around the world, the news of track star oscar pistorius being charged with a valentine's day murder of his girlfriend was a shock to olympian usain bolt.
>> what i heard was like what? who? as in the amputee, the guy who ran the 400 meter? i was asking all kinds of questions because this can't be the same guy that i've seen, that i know, and i still can't process it really. i'm trying to process what really happened, what's going on, so as far as i'm concerned, i'm just listening out, listen to the news, hear what's up, follow twitter and let's see what's going on because for me, i'm still in shock for what happened. >> and pistorius remains in jail until his bond hearing tuesday. he says he did not kill his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp. thousands marching in washington for more action on climate change. organizers claim it's the biggest rally of its kind ever in the u.s. chris lawrence is in the thick of it and chris, describe, tell us what you're seeing there. >> reporter: loud, crowded, very excited, those are the first words that come to mind, deb.
they're calling this one of f not the largest climate rally in the nation's history. the organizers say they've got about 40,000 or more people here. the march just started a few minutes ago from the national mall at the washington monument. they are marching by the white house, trying to take their message to president obama and to some of the legislators here, and we've been talking to a lot of the marchers who have been here, excuse me, ma'am. >> yes? >> reporter: what brought you out here today on this march? >> right here, this is my little grandson, and i want a better world for him. i don't want a climate that's changing, creating all sorts of havoc as far as weather, droughts, floods, wars, that's what we mean. >> reporter: what is your message to president obama on expanding the keystone pipeline, bringing the oil from canada and the expansion obviously would bring it past the midwest all
the way to the gulf coast. >> yes, i would say be brave and stand up against the oil interests that are not in our national interests. >> reporter: thank you very much. that's some of the sentiment that we've been hearing all morning, all early afternoon. of course, critics will say on the other side that when you talk about the economy, when you talk about the economy that the keystone pipeline is not dangerous, that it uses some of the latest technology to prevent leaks, it will bring jobs to the nation's economy. another big agenda on the table here is the emission standards. they've already been proposed for plants that are coming online, new plants, but the big issue among a lot of people here is will those standards, those harsher standards be extended to existing plants? so that's a taste of what you're seeing here, protect our health, not big polluters, a lot of people here trying to take a message to president obama. deb? >> all right, chris lawrence there right in the thick of it.
obviously a topic that generates a lot of passion on both sides. thanks so much. in los angeles a different kind of rally. dozens of protesters gathering outsite lapd headquarters. carrying plaquers supporting renegade ex-cop christopher dorners. they don't support his rampage but the accusations of corruption, racism and brutality in the lapd need to be adressed so this doesn't happen again. >> i any there are a lot of honest policemen out there trying to serve the people, but it's just atrocious what mr. dorner did and we don't want it to happen again. >> nick valencia is here with us today. you've been following this story very closely. it's fascinating to see this groundswell of support for people who do want the lapd investigated so that if there was a problem or is a problem it won't happen again. >> deb, there's an increasingly
band of vocal support for chris dorner and not just online, where we initially saw it, this is protesters, demonstrators outside of lapd. i've spoken to people who call themselves dorner supporters. they tell me it's not we support dorner, we're disgusted with the los angeles police department and the way they handled the manhunt. i grew up during the '90s of the police brutality, the rodney king riots, the ram part scandal. the lapd has a bad image problem among los angeles residents. people say locally the lapd can hire as many women it wants, hire as many minorities and promote them as many as they want. the fact is they still have a bad image program. last week i spoke with los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa and ask if anything in the man fess coshould be
given legitimacy. >> there is nothing, absolutely nothing that was done to this individual that would rationalize in any way the murder of three innocent people. the notion that somehow this deranged individual should be given any credence boggles my mind. >> now dorner appeal to his firing has been reopened, the lapd said it's not so much to justify dorner's claims as it is to show the l.a. public they are transparent but the way they handled this, opening fire on two innocent hispanic women delivering papers just before dawn, other people were mistakenly fired upon as well that doesn't do help for the lapd's image. deb? >> of course. of course. and clearly the lapd, if they do have an image problem they're working to fix it. they'll tell you dorner was no hero and when you read his manifes manifesto, you can see while he makes allegations that raise questions, clearly the rest of it is sort of the ramblings of a
man who was clearly disturbed. nick valencia, thank you so much. we appreciate your insights on that. well, president obama and congress on a deadline and under pressure to reach a debt deal to keep deep spending cuts from reaching us. and president obama on the golf course, which celebrities may be making him nervous. and lebron james, is he the next michael jordan? find out lebron has to say about that, as he talks to our rachel nichols straight ahead. everyone has their own way of doing things. at university of phoenix we know learning is no different. so we offer personalized tools and support, that let our students tackle the challenge of going back to school, like they do anything else... their way.
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call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. for once president obama may not be the biggest name on the golf course. mr. obama is playing a round of golf with tiger woods today. the president's enjoying a golfing weekend with friends in palm city, florida. obama is playing at a posh resort owned by jim crain. no word yet on the president's score. we'll get you that. president obama's ideas, certainly he's trying to drum up a lot of support around the
country, but the main support he needs is in the house and senate to make it all happen. right now there's little agreement with republicans on how to cut the budget to avoid massive automatic cuts come march 1st. senator republicans have held up the confirmation of the president's choice for defense secretary. cnn contributor and former white house special adviser van jones joins me from washington, alex stewart, spokesman for former republican presidential candidate rick santorum is in little rock, arkansas. both of you thanks for being here today. so much to talk about, so much focus on the budget cuts. we've heard the doom and gloom scenario what could happen, everything from meat inspections to tsa security checkpoints, all of that could be impacted. why is this so hard to get done, and alison, i'm going to start with you? >> if we knew the answer to that, we wouldn't be in this situation we are, deb. it's unfortunate when it comes to the big issues, the can gets
kicked down the road to the end of the road. we have folks on recess and not playing golf and not addressing the issue. i'm afraid we have to deal with sequestration and going to face these cuts because we need to replace the sequestration with serious deficit reduction and the democrats aren't doing that. the republicans have come forward with serious cuts, that don't involve tax increases and that's how we need to go about doing this. the democrats seem to want to increase taxes and that's not how we're going to go about helping out in the terrible financial mess. >> i heard you reference the president was playing golf but in all fairness, democrats and republicans are way for the presidents' weekend so people getting a little bit of rest. dan, let me ask you, look, we know the automatic spending cuts are about to kick in. why not tell these agencies, look, here is how much you have to cut. cut it and do it now. isn't this about budget management? >> well, it is but first i just want to -- i see it a little bit
different than my colleague does. president obama is a deficit hawk. he's put forward a plan to have, to cut $4 trillion out of the deficit, he's trying to do it in a balanced way that would also include things the american people are actually for. when he says he wants to close corporate loopholes, 70% of americans agree with him on that. when he says he doesn't think big oil should be on corporate welfare after 150 years american people would be on that. he wants to do this in a responsible, balanced way, protect the middle class and protect investments and he's trying to cut the deficit. i think you've got the republican party kind of dug in on this cuts only approach that's very unpopular with the american people. once again they have to walk right up to the finish line here. unfortunately, i think that they don't realize they lost the last election, the president is massively popular and his ideas are massively popular. >> yes, well he won 66 million to 61 million so he's massively
popular with the majority, but let me, so both of you, does a deal get done by the march 1st done, quickly, alice, yes or no? >> i'm cautiously optimistic but i'm afraid it won't. we can't tax our way out of it, we have to cut it. >> dan, yes or no? >> i don't think so. we'll be right up against it. >> chuck hagel, they call it a filibuster, seems they're waiting until after they vote on this. why can't they get it done? >> first of all we've had an unbelievable amount of filibuster abuse, in the ten years that lbj was leader of the senate back in the day, he had one filibuster in a decade. reid faced almost 400 filibus r filibuster, we have fill bust ear bus and addiction on the part of the gop. i think there's no reason to hold up hagel's nomination for benghazi. he was a private citizen when
benghazi happened. >> alice, vietnam veteran, decorated purple heart recipient. do you think he should be officially sworn in? >> absolutely, i respect and admire his service to our country but when it comes to this republicans raised concerns about his statements and positions on israel and iran for quite some time and also the fact he called the surge one of the biggest blunders in this country. now we're finding out more and more he hasn't been forthcoming with information he was supposed to provide to the senate intel committee on speeches he made as well as whether or not he profited off of some foreign companies. these are things we need to know and republicans have been saying this for a month and a half. what part of no do the democrats not understand? we have serious concerns that he's sending the wrong message to our allies and our enemies in the middle east and that's not what we need in terms of someone that's going to lead our foreign policy. it's not politics. 'not partisan. it's about protecting our country. >> all eyes on washington.
let's see if anything gets done in the next couple of weeks. thank you so much, we appreciate your both being here today. >> thanks, have a great day. >> you, too. the daytona 500 just a week away. what driver danica patrick is doing today that could give you a critical advantage in the race and land her in the nascar history books. it's gonna be 30 minutes. oh, so that means that we won't be stuck up here, for hours, with nothing to do. oh i get it, you wanna pass the time, huh. (holds up phone) fruit ninja!!! emergency roadside assistance. just a click away with the geico mobile app. ♪ ♪ ♪
a showdown between the nba's best in the east and best in the west, the annual all-star game is going down in a few hours but first on the bleacher report, yes t is michael jordan's 50th birthday today. happy birthday, michael ortan. players still try to emulate him on the court especially in dunk contests like last night. defending champ jeremy evans dunking over a painting of himself and he painted the painting of himself himself and then he signs it himself, that got a lot of people talking and if you think dunking over a paint something an incredible feat how about dunking over a kid? grave kid, terrence ross over
the body, over the top of a ball boy, his knee just clears the kid's head, got his win for the 2013 slam dunk champion. is lebron the next m.j.? he says he's not trying to be like him. he's asked how he shoots with such accuracy? >> the way i've been shooting the fall feels like you're on the beach and you have a tennis ball and just no matter where you throw it, it's going to land in the water. >> good odds there and to everyone who said danica patrick pulled a publicity stunt or ratings grabber by dating rick y steinhaus jr., she clocked in 196 miles pe hour, she could be the first female to win the pole at the daytona 500. for more entertaining sports news check out bleacherreport.com. up next, "sports illustra d illustrated" cover model kate upton tells us how cold it was
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a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the risk of an afib-related stroke. there is limited data on how these drugs compare when warfarin is well managed. no routine blood monitoring means bob can spend his extra time however he likes. new zealand! xarelto® is just one pill a day, taken with the evening meal. and with no dietary restrictions, bob can eat the healthy foods he likes. do not stop taking xarelto® rivaroxaban without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. stopping may increase your risk of having a stroke. get medical help right away
if you develop any signs or symptoms of bleeding, like unusual bruising or tingling. you may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take xarelto® with aspirin products, nsaids or blood thinners. talk to your doctor before taking xarelto® if you currently have abnormal bleeding. xarelto® can cause bleeding, which can be serious, and rarely may lead to death. you are likely to bruise more easily on xarelto®, and it may take longer for bleeding to stop. tell your doctors you are taking xarelto® before any planned medical or dental procedures. before starting xarelto®, tell your doctor about any conditions, such as kidney, liver or bleeding problems. ready to change your routine? ask your doctor about once-a-day xarelto®. for more information including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com.
kate upton gracing the cover of "sports illustrated's" swimsuit edition lands a back-to-back cover on the popular magazine. a.j. hammer sat down with her and has more on why her second go-round wasn't as easy. >> "showbiz tonight" broke some big news with kate upton about her sub-zero "sports illustrated" bikini shoot in antarctica. it landed her on the smokin' hot cover of the annual "sports illustrated's" swimsuit edition for the second year in a row. the fashion shoot was the first ever to take place in antarctica and she revealed what it was like going nearly bare at 35 degrees below zero. here's a little hint for you, brr!
so antarctica, 35 below zero for a swimsuit fashion shot, and don't get me wrong, the pictures are beautiful but did you tick somebody off? >> that's what i was asking him the whole time. i mean it was amazing to go there but i'm from florida, so i was thinking like are you sure? >> you guys complain if it dips below 60 really. >> exactly. i always complain about that but now at least i have winter clothes. >> you're all set. >> i'm all set. >> i heard from somebody i spoke with at "sports illustrated" just yesterday he told me that you were the model of professional, you didn't complain about one thing. was he being nice? you had to complain a little bit, no? >> you know, i think that i was frozen, and i couldn't talk. now i can complain. >> well the reports were you actually did get frost bite and there were some health issues you had to be concerned about so
it was kind of dangerous really if you step back from it. >> it was, and you know, my body was so worn down from trying to keep me warm and my heart was always facing so luckily i got cover and it was worth it. >> how long were you there for? >> we were shooting there six days but on the boat for ten. >> you weren't staying in an igloo, nothing like that. >> no. >> a warm, comfortable boat. >> every time i went back to the boat, the expedition leaders would be like think of the explorers back in the day, they didn't have a nice cruise ship to come back to. i'm like i'm not an explore he were, i'm a bikini model. >> how giggly were the expedition leaders to be on the boat with a supermodel taking fashion photos? they have to have been red in the face. >> i think they thought we were crazy. >> having done this a second time put on the cover, my understand something they don't know that until they see the photographs, that's when they decide who is going on the cover. >> yes.